Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Verde Kids

In the beginning of November I took these guys to their temporary home at a new local shop called Verde Kids. Verde meaning green, is an eco-minded children's store filled with clothes, books, gifts and toys! I was excited to sell these guys to them and I hope they find new homes fast!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Memory Monday - Alpha Xi Delta, Gamma Nu

I had a few of my sorority sisters over this weekend for girls night at my house. It had been so long since I had seen some of them! We had a great time reminiscing about our glory days as actives in the house.

I was the first person in my family to become greek so it was new territory to my family. They were not sure what to expect and neither did I. I had not even thought about rushing a sorority until I had gotten down to school and saw how strong the greek community was. It seemed like the right fit for me and I am so glad I had made that decision.

Looking back on those days we did do the stereotypical sorority things: parties, drinking and the odd greek events. But I also: kept good grades with the mandatory study halls, kept fit with intramural sports and donated my time and helped raise money for local charities. But mostly I gained a wonderful bond and life long friendship with a great group of women. Women who support each other to achieve their dreams with courage, graciousness and peace.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I am thankful for so many things, too many to list.
I just know I am happy to be were I am at this moment in my life with the people who love and support me everyday.
I am blessed and I am so very thankful for that!

Drawing by Anna

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tell me how you feel... really


Recently Amelia has been leaving me a few notes, I found this one folded up on my keyboard.

It says: "I wish you had not said that to me. That made me very very mad. Amelia"

I asked her what I said and I had told her no to something (I can't even remember what it was, but it was not a big deal). But I did like that she felt like she could express herself and her feelings to me. I told her that she can talk or write to me anytime and that I would always be here for her.

Well, I got another note today. This one says "That is so bad. I was so mad". It has two stick figures, one curly hair (that's me) and the other one is her with a word bubble saying "GRRRRR" That cracks me up! This time I had told her she could not have any more tic tacs. I am one mean Mama!

My favorite thing is in the photo of the note above she added a star, a smiley face and a peace sign. Then the drawing of her has a word bubble with three hearts. I guess she is not that mad at me!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cup Cozy

Eco-friendly, reusable cup cozy that will make your coffee taste like butter! O.k. maybe not butter... but it will keep your hands cozy while holding your hot or cold drinks.

New items for my etsy shop... upcycled leather cup cozies. Reusable and upcycled making them super eco-friendly!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Giant Ice Cream Cone

Sometimes you just have to splurge and buy that GIANT ice cream cone at the art fair, relax on the curb and enjoy! It was very hard to eat but so yummy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

More Photoshop Magic

More anthropomorphic images I created. I will be listing the deer in a straightjacket in my etsy shop soon.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Photoshop Magic

Add this sea lion to this red couch and you get this...

A sea lion ready for his therapy session.

A new client has hired me to create some fun images for her research about animals.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Amelia-isms - Snickerdoodle

Last week after dinner Amelia was eating a snickerdoodle cookie and said...

"This doesn't taste like a snicker or a doodle"

Brian and I laughed and I asked what a doodle taste like.
She just shrugged her shoulders. Kids say the cutest things!

Photo: Brian waling the girls up to school for the outdoor movie night.
They showed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Amelia wanted to wear my Wonka costume.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Explain better...

Last week Amelia (age 6) got in trouble for hitting Anna. We usually would do a time out, but I did not think she was really thinking about what she did. Since she can write now I thought I would have her write out what she should not do. I told her to go write, "I will never hit Anna" five times.

Well, I had to laugh when she handed me the above paper. She did just what I asked! I guess next time I will have to explain this better.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Making the swap

Time to do the swap... our house was built in 1941 which means very small closets! So twice a year we do the swap. Brian drags out the large, blue bins out of the basement and I swap out the summer clothes to winter clothes and vice versa. I've gotten this ritual down pat and it helps me clean out all the drawers and get rid of any out grown clothes.

Monday, November 8, 2010

What we're eating - Spider Cake

I made this cute spider cake for Anna's 5th birthday/Halloween party. It turned out pretty cute.

I cooked half of the cake batter in a bowl for the body. I broke pretzel rods in half and dipped each end in melted chocolate and then formed a wide V to make the legs, let them set up in the fridge on some wax paper. I used the Wilton tip #234 to make the furry body and knees. I used candy for the eyes and cut up mini marshmallows for the fangs. Then I used some black gel icing to decorate the plate like a web.

It was a big hit for our spider themed party!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy 5th Birthday Anna

Yesterday my little monkey, Anna turned 5! Oh where did the last 5 years go?

Questions for Anna and her answers at age 5...
how old are you: 5
favorite color: red
favorite toy: leapster
favorite plushy: sing - a - ma - jig
what do you want to be when you grow up: teacher
favorite food: pizza (she says pizza but I think it is hamburgers!)
who is your friend: Ella, from pre-school
favorite TV show: Cat in the Hat
favorite snack: butter crackers

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween 2010

My bunny was a bit grumpy here, we started off very shy and within 10 minutes she was good to go. Plus she made out with a heavy bucket of candy!

Scary witch!

Lots of candy! We picked out some to send to the Dentist who collects the candy for the military.

It was a perfect Halloween night!